Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brewQ
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle

Champagne like pour settles into a translucent, light orange. Well knit head. A touch of spice and an easy to savor flavor. A good flavor that is quickly cleansed by the CO 2.

I got some B vitamins in the 'mit hefe'!

A sold weiss that paled versus the Paulaner I had just before it

I hadn't realized that this is part of Spaten, Munich. Have had good experience with their brews.

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Photo of vdread
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner Hefe

had this on tap at the spiderhouse cafe. the guy gave me a piece of orange in it, and i fished it out. everybody else seemed to be enjoying the fruit, though.

so it's a dull hazy orange/yellow color with a thin head. smells and tastes of lemons, orange, wheat, yeast, cloves. the taste is strong with banana and cloves. it's tart, sometimes sweet. very yeasty. mouthfeel light, good carbonation, easily drinkable. looks like a hefe, smells like a hefe, tastes like a hefe.

i had a few of these while sketching, my friends had this too, and we all agreed that it is a good beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served with a lemon. GODDAM IT i wish they would ask. why would anyone assume i want fruit pieces in my beverage!? it's stoopid

clovey aroma, but not much banana in the nose. it does show up in the taste, however, along with a bubblegum flavor. the finish is very wheaty, but not really in a good way. the aftertaste is not awesome

meh...certainly doesn't hold a candle to weihenstephaner

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow that lets very little light in. About one finger of head and lots of foamy lacing.

S: Feint sweet fruit, citrus, yeast, and a sharp spicy smell i can't quite place - others seems to say clove.

T: Similar to nose: feint sweet fruits (some banana), touches of citrus and Belgian yeast and hops. Flavors is dominated by a sharp spicy flavor, cloves and hops.

M: Light body, not quite as smooth as I would like, but not bad.

D: Once again, not bad. I classic Hefeweizen, but not that best I've had. I would have it again, though. I feel the flavors are just a bit out of balance.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tasting glass. The color is a cloudy yellowish orange color with a head that dissapates after a minute or two. The nose has citrus and nutmeg and cloves notes. The taste is like watered down citrusy cabbage. I know that sounds bad, but I think that describes it and it actually taste half way descent. The mouth feel is pretty good and this is a hightly drinkable beer, just not my favorate.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours a hazy golden color with an enormous white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Clove dominates the aroma. There are clove and banana flavors, fairly well balanced and mild. Overall, it's just a little better than average.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an opaque orange pour with a solid 2 fingers o foamy white head (stayed for the whole session), nice retention.
smells of lemon, orange, coriander, nutmeg, bready yeast.
a tart citrus taste followed by the spicyness of coriander.. a very mellow hefe, with a clean crisp finish. light body with high carbonation, very easy to drink (a great session ale). i've been sitting on this bottle for a while - it was a gift from my brother in law, and he had his that day out of the bottle. i tasted it then and it tasted bad. i poured this one in a tulip, and it was a completely different beer. it's hard to believe how much a glass can honestly change a beer's character.

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Photo of dave750
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde in color with a tall, thick white head that stays for a good length of time and leaves a spotty lace. It has a fairly moderate aroma of fruity banana and clove.
First taste is of crisp, tart orange citrus that remains present to the finish. Clove, baking spices and grainy, bitter hop flavors emerge at mid-taste and contiue to the end. Yeast joins in as the flavor begins to fade. Medium body with very good carbonation and a good balance tipped toward hops.
A crisp, light, warm weather beer.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lets just say I'm digging the monk on the label, reminds me to just sit back relax and have a beer and don't get all caught up in these crazy times of craft brew. Anyways little rant over, poured beer into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass which seems to work for every beer.

A: This little 120z. beauty pours a classic hefe hazy straw yellow with bits of clear white edges with wonderful yeast tornado floating and maneuvering around. The head soared up like most hefe's but didn't quite have that big puffy marshmallowness I'm used to seeing.

S: First off you get that wheat tang kickin in high gear, but soon starts smelling of cloves, spices, and an unmistakable smell of banana bread. Really digging this one love the banana flavor in my hefeweizens.

T: Initially you get hit with a subtle sweetness, moves onto the spicy cloves taste just like aroma then transfers to the wheat tang with a bit of a metallic in the finish as well. Dang missing the banana in this one.

M: Started out kinda cream cause of the head, but once it disappeared seemed on the light side. Carbonation seemed high and a bit harsh specially on the back end of the palate.

O: This beer started out really solid and ended up just a bit above average to me. Was one of the first German hefeweizen I ever had but since then I have had better.

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Photo of gilli24
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading the other reviews I think I had an old or bad run with this. The yeast did not mix in very well, after several swirls in the bottle it broke apart and was chunky in the bottom of my weizen glass. I did like the appearance and smell, but overall I was not as happy with this brand as I have been with others in the category. I do not think that this will make another appearance in my fridge.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Hefe but wasn't exactly what I expected but still liked it.

A - Cloudy golden yellow. Full white head that doesn't subside quickly. Strong lacing until the last drink.

S - Phenolic with a bread and yeast aroma. Some light grain and some Belgian funk is present.

T - Strong phenolic clove flavor with yeast, bread, and wheat character on top. Has subtle hints of banana and vanilla that settle out after the clove. Some sweetness with the spiciness but without bitterness. Spice from the phenolic covers the light hops bitterness but still a little noble hop flavor underneath. Similar to a Belgian wit or blond but with more clove and less sweetness.

M - Lighter mouth-feel. Has great carbonation for sitting in the bottle for an extended period of time. light body make this brew refreshing without being too dry.

Overall, this is a nice summer brew when it's too hot for a heavier beer. Not my favorite but will harvest the yeast and probably brew a clone in the near future. I suspect that this is a very good example of the style with the strong clove and yeast taste but I know that there are some Hefe's with more banana and bubblegum flavor.

Glass- Pint

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Mikasa weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a super-fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a long time, leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing. The nose hits with some malty bread plus a bit of bubblegum and banana. Faint hint of cloves in the background. The flavor comes through with all the same notes. Not nearly as much clove as I would prefer, and the other yeast elements are a tad bit muted as well. Mouthfeel is light and moderately creamy. Nothing too special about this, but it's certainly easy drinking and is a good choice on a balmy February afternoon.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz draft on tap at Pazzo's Lexington. Served in the appropriate Franziskaner weizen glass, albeit with a lemon wedge which I quickly discarded.

A: Golden-orange body with a tall, whipped/rocky head. Lots of good lacing on the sides of the glass with each sip.

S: Kind of killed by the lemon wedge that was served on the rim of the glass. However, beyond fresh lemon, I could still pick out hints of coriander, orange peel, some pepper and maybe some cinnamon. Nose is quite tangy with the extra lemon fragrance adding to the citrusy orange/tangerine aromas. There is also that familiar musky wheat husk scent.

T: Lightly sweet with lemon, tangerine, orange juice, honey and a touch of bananas. Spicy/tangy cloves, coriander and fruit rinds. Some doughy, fresh baked bread flavors and grainy, cereal-like wheat notes come in during the finish.

M: Crisp, light body that delivers a slightly powdery mouthfeel - similar to what you would expect from a Belgian Tripel.

D: This hefe is pleasant and quite easy to drink, but it doesn't hold a candle to Weihenstephaner on tap.

A nice hefeweizen, but again, I can't help but feel that it plays second fiddle to Weihenstephaner in every respect - appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. Not a bad alternative if you can't find Weihenstephaner or your favorite pub doesn't have Weihenstephaner on tap.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9floz bottle poured in a pint glass. Enjoyed at a rental condo on Maui.

Caramel in colour and cloudy. 1/2 inch offwhite head on the pour settles to a solid 1/8 inch cap. Tiny bubbles create a dense foam.

Aroma of cloves and hefe yeast. Light banana bread in the background.

Mild flavour of cloves and wheat with sweetness at the start. Flavour tapers off slowly from start to finish. Very subtle.

Medium body with tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

Smooth and light and refreshing. Great beer for a warm Maui evening.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blue Spark in downtown Spokane, WA. Served in a 20 in "Euro pint."

Pours an amber/gold color and is very cloudy. Served in a 20 oz Euro Pint.. Bubbly white head.

Smells spicy with cloves and a pie spice aroma.

Tastes like melons, banana, and soft fruit flavors. Slightly sour for the style.

Mouth Feel is full-bodied and a little cloying.

Drinkable and refreshing. 40 oz is probably enough in a session.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizens are beautiful things. This one is no exception. Glorious golden orange, like somebody bottled the sun (lame, I know). Huge head, teetering on overflowing. It sticks around for a good long while.

Pretty good smell, but nothing too spectacular. Yeast notes and a grainy aroma. There's a kind of sweet buttery character as well. Even with the huge head, the nose just isn't that potent.

Taste is so-so. A bit light, perhaps too watery. Refreshing nonetheless. Hints of juicy oranges throughout. The trademark banana ester is also floating around. A bit of spice in there as well, and a chalky mouthfeel from the yeast. Mild carbonation. A very smooth beer.

Not too bad, but I don't think this has a real intense flavor to it. A good hot day beer, and even though I rated the taste a bit low, I still like it. It's average to me, but I can see why people like it.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl can. A bit too sweet, with notes of wheat, bananas, honey and white bread. No trace of alcohol, and the beer is quite refreshing, despite the sweetness.

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Photo of HenryH
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No "drink by" date visible on the bottle. The color is a pale off-yellow, reminiscent of straw or hay. A ripe bananna smell stood out from the aroma, with more subtle hints of lemon, citrus, and clove. The taste was entirely similar to the smell, and was reasonably satisfying overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked. It seemed like the bottle I got was past its prime, and the lack of freshness detracted from its drinkability. I'll bet this is a lot better in Europe. While far from bad, this beer just isn't up to snuff with Weihenstephaner or most other German Hefeweizens that I have tried here in the States, and I doubt that I'd buy it again unless it were really cheap.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this the standard for hefe appearances? If not its pretty close. Lovely bright yellow haze throughout, over 1" of white head. Aroma was grain, mild citrus and spice rack, banana.

Taste had a lot going into it, the yeast profile doesn't dominate, this one kicks lots of wheat around, its chewy. There is some spice rack presence, but not overly done. 500ml format does create a cost issue per oz. High.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color, with a generous head. Nose is wheat and citrus. Medium and creamy mouthfeel, somewhat smooth. Taste is wheat and malt sweet at the start and a hint of banana, a full malty mouth feel at the middle, and slightly dry with hints of citrus and hops at the finish. The yeast and the bottle conditioning adds greatly to the unique flavor and fresh crisp taste and aroma.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge fluffy head formed right away at least about 3 1/2in. Disapates rapidly, but from the outside in until the inside finally caved in on itself, then is stayed where it was. Very fun to watch. Color is cloudy neon orange, almost glowing with lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty which I didn't really like, but smelled strongly of clove too which I did like.

T: Yeast flavors were noticable, but not too strong. Midtaste subtle wheat flavors come out followed by hints of banana. Finish is sweet and spicy.

M: Medium bodied yet kind of thick with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth

D: Nice to finally see what a real Hefe Weizen taste like. I liked it enough to want to further explore the style. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of harpo111
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: gold, hazy, nice and heady

s:yeasty with a bananna and malty flavor.

t: yeasty with a strong bananna and malty flavor...hoppy finish

m: nice and rich...thick

d: only a couple..will fill you up...flavor slows you down...
something different..very flavorfull...but not an everyday beer..
has a lot of good things going for it...but not one you can do all evening..

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Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Typical but good hefeweizen appearance, copper in color and quite turbid with very good head retention.

The nose is light, but fairly nice - signature weizen yeast banana along with a bit of lemony citrus, some peppery spice, a little doughy bread.

The palate is quite thin, almost watery - I generally expect a bigger body on hefeweizens, and this one doesn't deliver. The flavors are decent, however; initially spicy with clove and white pepper, it segues into pleasant apple and banana fruitiness. The finish is quite phenolic, which seems to stick to the roof of the mouth long after the mild finish; it's a bit of a detraction. Pretty good overall, just not top-tier.

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Photo of djcriple420
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at Redbones in Somerville, Ma.

This beer was very tasteful. It had a rather unique taste for a hefe. It tasted as if it was started to be filtered with its light feeling, but not filtered at all with its true taste.

I would recomend this beer to anyone who has a hankering for a smooth hefeweizen, without an overbearing taste.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy yellow with some hints of orange in color. Two finger fluffy head that leaves some patchy lace.
S: A bit funky, but the usual suspects are here. Lots of citrus and banana with some clove. The funk is a bit off putting.
T: No funk in the taste. Very sweet with some nice round flavors of banana and citrus again.
D: I am going a bit low on the drinkability side. Its pretty highly carbonated, and you get your fill of this beer pretty fast.

A very good brew to be sure. A great Hefe, and I got a Franziskaner hefe glass at the bar. Very nice.

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